Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)
National Sexual Assault Response Team Toolkit
With funding from the Office for Victims of Crime and assistance from a national advisory committee, the NSVRC created a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit to promote the development and implementation of a coordinated, multidisciplinary, and victim-centered first response to victims of sexual assault in communities across the United States and U.S. Territories. The Toolkit Project provides resources to help communities customize their outreach and expand services.
History, Landscape, and Future Directions for SARTs
This map provides a snapshot of when and where SARTs started, how and why they formed and their accomplishments. We welcome you to share your SART history with the NSVRC to help us create a national portrait of SART development. Please note that the NSVRC retains the right to edit and publish submissions to print and electronic publications.
Submit your history by completing the following survey.
We can learn a lot from research on how to improve SART success. Below is a list of key research on SART effectiveness.
SART Resources on Collaboration
To help communities assess the readiness and/or level of community partnerships, the Wilder Research Center developed an online survey to be used to assess factors that influence successful collaboration.
Establishing if your community is ready to develop or expand a SART is key to sustainability. The following resources can assist communities with their assessment efforts.
To help SARTs track variables of interest, see the Centers for Disease Control’s resource:
SART resources related to Jurisdictional Issues
Eliminating the Rape Kit Backlog
This special online collection provides information to help victim service professional engage in a multi-disciplinary dialogue about the issues and challenges involved with addressing the backlog of untested rape kits. It also includes information basic information for victims of sexual assault about the forensic examination process.
Understanding DNA Evidence
Defining the DNA Backlog
Response Guidelines, Protocols and Tools
Sexual Assault Response Team Definition
A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary interagency team of individuals working collaboratively to provide services for the community by offering specialized sexual assault intervention services. Teams are specialized to fit the needs of each community and generally have goals of increasing reporting and conviction of sexual assaults and countering the experience of sexual trauma with a sensitive and competent response.